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Southbridge News & Announcements!
Annual Winter Parking Ban
During the period beginning on December 1 and ending on April 1 of each year between the hours of 7 P.M. and 7 P.M., the Southbridge Winter Parking Ban is in effect. This specifies alternate side parking and special
exceptions for many streets in town. Please click here to view the full Winter Parking Ban document (pdf).
Bus Trip To The Yankee Candle Shop And Brite Nites At Forest Park
The Southbridge Recreation Department is sponsoring a motor coach trip to The Yankee Candle Shop in South Deerfield with a second stop at the Brite Nights Christmas display at Forest Park in West Springfield on Saturday December 14 2013.
The Yankee Candle Shop is a 90,000 square foot store featuring candles with nearly 200 fragrances and several Christmas themed villages complete with a visit with Santa in his Enchanted Toy Works!
Next we'll re-board the bus and journey to Brite Nights at Forest Park where we will take a 2.5 mile tour through dazzling Christmas displays on the comfort of your motor coach.
There will be a $35.00 per seat fee for the round trip (Includes the bus, the driver’s tip, and the entrance fee for Forest Park). The bus will leave the Community Center at 12:00 P.M. sharp and return at approximately 8:00 P.M.. Seating is very limited so reserve early as deadline is December 10. Please contact Ron Plouffe at (508)764-6459 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day/
Saturday December 7, 2013, 9 am to 1 pm/
Dia de Recoleccion de Basura Peligrosa De Sus Casas
Sabado 7 de Diciembre, 2013, 9 am a 1 pm
Casella Waste Services Facility At 165 Barefoot Road (across from the landfill). This event is open to Southbridge residents only.
More information here (PDF).
Planta de Casella Waste Services En el 165 Barefoot Road (frente al landfill). Evento abierto a residentes de Southbridge solamente.
Mas informacion aqui (PDF).
You may also visit www.ThinkReduce.com for more info, or call the Health Department at 508-764-4252, x2.
Curbside Yard Waste Collection, Fall 2013
Curbside Yard Waste Collection begins Monday, October 21st and ends Saturday, November 30th, 2013. That will be the LAST DAY TO PUT OUT YARD WASTE - NO EXCEPTIONS! For more information and a handy printable reminder flyer click here to download the PDF package.
Southbridge Bicentennial Logo Contest
You can leave your mark on the town’s Bicentennial by designing the official logo!
That's right, YOU can be the person whose original design is emblazoned on everything Southbridge 200 when we celebrate the town's Bicentennial in 2016. There is a $200 cash prize in the package that will be presented to the winning design's creator, courtesy of Southbridge Savings Bank.
The logo must be able to fit within a circle for potential use in items such as a commemorative coin, and must include the years 1816 and 2016, as well as either "Southbridge 200" or "Southbridge Bicentennial" in the design.
All eligible entries will be put up on the Southbridge Bicentennial Facebook page for a "like" vote, with the top entries moving on to an independent judging panel for a final determination.
For more information, or to download the registration form, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Southbridge200, e-mail us at email@example.com, or check out our temporary website at www.southbridge200.org.
Board and Committee Vacancies
Interested in serving on a board or committee in town? Download the list of vacancies and openings by clicking this link.
Police Audit Report Available
The Police Audit Report may be downloaded at this link.
Andrew Petro Swimming Pool
The Southbridge Recreation Department is pleased to announce the opening of the Andrew Petro Pool at 15 Randolph Street. The renovation program provided by the State of Massachusetts is now complete. This site will provide an enjoyable place for teh residents of Southbridge and their families. We look forward to a great Summer season.
Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
There is a small fee for entry:
$4.00 per day per person for MA residents
$5.00 per day per person for non-MA residents
$60.00 per family of 5 ($5.00 for every family member over 5)
$30.00 per single pass holder
$10.00 for Seniors (aged 60 and over
Announcements for special programs will be forthcoming.
Southbridge 200th Anniversary Committee
The 200th anniversary of the town's founding is only three years away, but the 200th Anniversary Committee is already hard at work making plans for the celebration.
The Southbridge 200th Anniversary Committee was made official at the Town Council meeting of April 29, 2013. The committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 pm,
Southbridge Town Hall, 41 Elm Street, Meeting Room #1
Please, come to a meeting. Be part of our town's celebration planning.
Town Budget, Fiscal Year 2014
The Town of Southbridge FY 2014 Budget Summary is available for download by clicking this link.
Housing Discrimination Notice
Housing discrimination prevents individual and families from living in the communities they choose. This hurts EVERYONE! Massachusetts Federal and State laws PROHIBIT discrimination in housing. It is against LAW! Always report any incident of discrimination. Contact the Worcester Fair Housing Project at (508) 752-3718 or (800) 649-3718 TTY: (508) 755-3260.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Proposed Marijuana Addition to By-Laws
Proposed Marijuana addition to By-Law Section 7-302 "Prohibition of Intoxicating Liquors" and to amend said By-law to read "Prohibition of Intoxicating Liquors and Marijuana in Public Places". You may review teh full text of the change by downloading the PDF document "Prohibition of Intoxicating Liquors and Marijuana in Public Places by clicking the link.
2013 Recycling and Holiday Calendar
The 2013 Recycling and Holiday Calendar is available at thinkreduce.com/southbridge-ma/recycling-calendar.
Talking to Children About Violence
Here is a resource that may help parents and others at these times. Talking to Children About Violence is a downloadable PDF with useful
information for troubling times.
Weekly Curbside Clothing/Textile Pickup
The Salvation Army, ARC, Worcester, will start weekly Curbside Clothing/Textile Pickup Dec. 11. For more information, visit www.ThinkReduce.com
Do not put sharps (needles, etc) in trash. Bring to the Preventative Health Nurse. Call 508.765.8197 for hours of operation. For more information, visit www.ThinkReduce.com
New Outdoor Recycling Containers
New Outdoor Recycling Containers accept all recyclable items, including paper bags, cardboard, aluminum cans, and plastic and glass beverage bottles. For more information, visit www.ThinkReduce.com
Sustainability Committee Seeks Two More Members
Sustainability Committee Seeks Two More Members. For more information, visit For more information, visit www.ThinkReduce.com
New WRTA Bus Service Coming!
Beginning Saturday, January 26th 2013 the WRTA will be providing new service to Southbridge and Charlton. For full details of times, stops, and maps, please click this link. If you have any questions please contact 508-791-WRTA (9782).
FREE Home Energy Assessments with Mass Save
Learn about energy-saving improvements and rebates. Learn more at Mass Save or call 866-527-SAVE. There is no obligation.
Cold Relief: A Message from the Department of Housing & Community Development
On behalf of Governor Deval L. Patrick and Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray, the Department of Housing and Community Development
(DHCD) is pleased to announce the 35th year of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), LIHEAP assists low-income individuals and families with the
cost of heating their homes during the winter season. The Program is managed by the DHCD in conjunction with 22 regional nonprofit and
local government organizations.
Full information, including income charts and contact information by location and assistance type, is available by clicking this link (PDF).
Rotating Compost Bins
Rotating Compost Bins ($75) and Rain Barrels ($60) are in stock! For more information, visit www.ThinkReduce.com or call the Health Department at 508-764-4252, X2.
Beautify Southbridge: Facebook
Like our new Facebook page, Think Reduce Beautify Southbridge The page includes information relating to trash, recycling and sustainability programs in Southbridge as well as related news. Residents can find weekly trash and recycling tonnages, recycling weeks, the next household hazardous waste day and more.
Recycle just about anything!
Recycle your textiles. Yes even the one sock or blanket with holes can be recycled. For more information, visit www.ThinkReduce.com or call the Health Department at 508-764-4252, X2.
Town of Southbridge Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
The FY2013 Budget may be downloaded from this link, or on the Southbridge Finance Department's web page.
READYBUS - Gets you to work and back!
A new transportation service began September 1, 2012. Available to Southbridge residents, READYBUS offers reliable and affordable transportation for people commuting to and from work within the town. For more complete information on this great service, download the PDF or call 800-321-0243. If you live and work within the town of Southbridge, you are eligible for this service.
Access Funds for Tornado Rebuilding
Make Energy Smart Improvements that will help YOU save on energy bills for years to come. Click here for a PDF that details what funding is available and how to apply.
Fix Your Pets!
Special Help for Southbridge Residents. Thanks to a grant from Petsmart Charities, Second Chance Animal Shelter is able to offer special spay/neuter incentives to get pets fixed for residents of Southbridge. Based on income, costs range from free to significantly reduced. A PDF with Full Information is available by clicking here.
Special Event Recycling
Having a special event? The Health Dept. has recycling bins for special events held in Southbridge. Visit www.ThinkReduce.com for more information.
Website Policy Notice
Please review the Town of Southbridge Online Website Policy adopted by vote at the Town Council meeting on Monday, 12/13/10.
Bulk waste collection moving to one day a week
Bulk waste collection is moving to one day a week effective Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Residents may put their bulk waste out every Tuesday at 7 AM. Residents must register the items by noon on Monday. Read more: http://thinkreduce.com/southbridge-ma/bulk-waste
Town Clerk Announcement: Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Please note that due to the new requirements the massachusetts fisheries & wildlife have put into place southbridge will no longer sell hunting & fishing licenses for the 2012 season and beyond. If you are not in possession of a computer, the library has computers the general public can use in order to print out hunting & fishing licenses. The address to visit is http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/licensing/license_fees.htm
New Chloramine Information
Click here for the new Chloramines Q&A PDF (posted 7/20/11). Click Here for the May 24, 2011 presentation on Chloramines. Open and then click "Enter" to begin the presentation (PDF)
Compost Bins $36!
Compost your leaf & yard waste as well as food scraps. Make some great compost for your flower or vegetable garden. Compost bins are available at the Health Department for a discounted rate of $36 for Southbridge residents, non-residents $53. For more information, visit www.ThinkReduce.com or call 508-764-4252.
ATTENTION DOG OWNERS: PARVO VIRUS WARNING
The Town of Southbridge Animal Control Officer would like everyone to be aware that there have been a few cases of Parvo confirmed in Southbridge.
Parvo is a virus spread through fecal contamination. Other dogs that sniff or step in infected, viral laced feces are exposed and risk disease.
Parvo is extremely contagious and can be lethal, especially to puppies and dogs in poor health.
The symptoms can include high fever, vomiting and bloody diahhrea. It is fast moving and can be dangerous even before symptoms occur.
It can be carried on the clothing and shoes of anyone who has come into contact with the virus.
Be diligent about not allowing your dog access to feces left behind by other dogs while out on walks, in the woods, etc.
We want to stress the importance of insuring that your pets are up to date on vaccines and not to socialize with dogs they do not know personally and can confirm they are also current on vaccines.
Vaccines are nearly 100% effective in preventing disease, so vaccinated dogs should be fine.
Please contact your veterinarian directly with any questions you have regarding Parvo, symptoms and vaccinations.
Special thanks to Dr. Kristine Sklenak of the Southbridge Veterinary Hospital and Donna Savoie of Pack of Paws.
Polling Location Changes/localizacion de votacion ha cambiado
Precinct 2 voters - Click here for important info.
Seeking Applicants for the Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Town of Southbridge Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is seeking applicants for the Housing Rehabilitation Program in the Morris-Coombs Street and Worcester-Henry Street Neighborhood target areas. Assistance is given in the form of deferred payment loans to owner/occupants who qualify for our income-based program. These special home improvement loans are forgiven if you retain ownership and residency for fifteen years. Applicants must own their homes for at least a year and have a well established record of timely payments.
Please call the Economic Development and Planning Office @508-764-5402 for an application and map of the target area.
Southbridge Cultural Council Community Needs Survey
The Southbridge Cultural Council (SCC) is a participant in the LCC, The Local Cultural Council, the most extensive system of grassroots support for arts, sciences and humanities in the nation. Funding objectives for the SCC are influenced by community opinion and needs, which are obtained in part through the Community Input Survey. Click the link to download a PDF of the survey, which you may complete and mail or bring to the Town Hall. Help us make sure the money goes where it should!
Small Business Assistance
Help is available for services to small businesses through the Southern Worcester County Community Development Corporation. Click Here for more information.
Bulk Waste Pickup Information
Attention Southbridge residents and property owners! You can schedule a bulk pick up with Casella by logging on to www.thinkreduce.com. Bulk waste shall not remain on the property for more than 24 hours before or after your scheduled pick up day. Beginning April 19, 2010 enforcement action will be taken in instances where refuse is left on the property for longer than 24 hours, in accordance with Town By-Law 10-103. Schedule your bulk pick up today, avoid fines in the future, and help us keep Southbridge streets clean!
Brownfields Assessment Grant
The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) was selected to receive two
brownfields assessment grants. Brownfield assessments will identify properties
that pose threats to human health and the environment. Assessments also are expected to be the first step in
reclaiming the region's former industrial core and transforming it into mixed-use developments. A PDF providing details of this assessment grant is available by clicking this link.
Home Modification Loan Program
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission has a Home Modification Loan Program, which provides low- and no-interest loans to elders and
individuals with disabilities, to modify their homes. For information, please call Jennifer Toler of RCAP Solutions Financial Services, Inc. at 508-792-5232
or visit the program website at www.rcapsolutions.org.
Proposed Southbridge Middle/High School|
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Southbridge Emergency Fuel Assistance (SEFA) Pledge Form
This winter, there will be mothers who have to choose between food for their children, or heating their home. You can help make this an unnecessary choice for
some deserving families - download the SEFA Pledge Form here, and make a contribution to help warm
someone's winter - and their heart (as well as your own!) Thank you for your generosity.
Public Notice from the Southbridge Police Department
The Southbridge Police Department is in the process of applying for the Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant from the United States Department of Justice. We intend to use the grant funds to support activities which will assist us in the prevention and control of crime in the town of Southbridge.
As part of the grant process, we would invite any comments from the public regarding this grant.
We have made available at the Southbridge Police Department located at One Mechanic Street, and at the Town Clerks' Office located at 41 Elm Street, a form which you can fill out and leave at either location if you would like to comment on the grant.
We would encourage input from the community and thank you for your time.
Put Your Time and Talent to Use - Volunteer Opportunities Available in Southbridge Government
Southbridge citizens willing to give of their time are needed to serve on various commissions and subcommittees in the Southbridge government. If anyone is interested in serving on the following commissions and subcommittee they can contact the Town Manager's Office, (508) 764- 5405 or the Town Clerk's Office, (508) 764-5408:
- Recreation Committee Openings
- Agricultural Commission Openings
- Conservation Commission Openings
- Planning Board Openings (one regular member is needed)
The Commission on Disability also has vacancies for any resident who has a disability. Anyone interested should send a letter of intent to the Town Manager.
Click here for a downloadable form (PDF). Print, fill out, and follow the instructions on the form. Electronic submission is not accepted.
Single-Stream Recycling comes to Southbridge!
No more sorting recyclables into multiple bins. With Single Stream, instead of having
to sort recyclables into separate containers, you just toss them all into one bin. Casella
takes care of the sorting at one of our stateof-the-art single stream facilities. For a full color brochure
explaining the details and acceptable materials,
click here (PDF, 5.4mB).
Recycling is even easier now with the new 'Single Stream' Recycling Program. Simply put all your
recyclables in your new 96 gallon recycling toter and place it at the curb every other week on the same
day as trash pickup (trash is picked up every week.) See the recycling schedule calendar below.
You may also call Casella for additional trash removal services, including business or home improvement
Jacob Edwards Library
is now a WiFi HOTSPOT
Free WiFi Internet access is available @ your library 24/7. Hotspots are located on all levels
of the Library and extend to the rear parking area and to Main Street.
Volunteer Opportunities for Trail Work in Southbridge
Anyone interested in helping the Trail Committee on trail work, including the P & W rail line please
contact Scott Benoit at 508-765-3784 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed Casella Extension Agreement
There was a public hearing on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 6pm in the Council Chambers to discuss the
proposed Casella Extension Agreement. There were several PDF documents that had been made available pertaining
to this, you may download them here:
New Proposed Downtown Urban Renewal Plan
The preliminary documentation for the exciting new proposed Downtown Urban Renewal Plan is available
for download in PDF format. The following links will bring them to your screen:
Note: The final version of the plan is complete and will be posted soon.
Southbridge Community Calendar!
Seeking to serve you better, we have added a great new feature to the site: The
Southbridge Community Calendar! The calendar will list all sorts of events and activities around town,
from Town Meetings, to Concerts, Fairs, Library Activities, and a whole range of interesting, useful and
fun stuff. Check it out!
FREE Senior Indoor Walking Program
A Free Senior Indoor Walking Program began Wednesday, March 22nd, from 7 AM to 9 AM, and runs
Monday through Friday at the Old Armory (new) Southbridge Community Center at the end of Armory Lane or
top of Chestnut Street.
Southbridge Senior Center Offers Various Programs
The Southbridge Senior Citizens Association at the Casaubon Senior Center offers the following programs
for only $2 a year in dues: free exercise classes, dance classes for a minimal fee, monthly luncheons
for $2 with Bingo to follow the meal. You will also have access to a new pool table, electronic dartboard,
personal computers and a 55" color television. Come in any time Monday through Friday for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
or call (508) 765-1985. You must be 60 years young to join.
Findings of the SLLB regarding issuance of additional liquor licenses
The Southbridge Liquor Licensing Board has completed its work concerning the issuance of
additional liquor licenses within the limits of the town. The board has presented the final
report to the town manager for submission of our findings concerning the subject. The report
and cover memorandum are available as downloads here:
Southbridge Long Term Plan
The Southbridge Long Term Plan is available for download from this site in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.
Click here to download this document.
(filesize 8.2 MB)
Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals to Elders
The Tri-Valley Elder Services, Inc. Nutrition Program needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to elders in Southbridge. Volunteers receive training and are eligible for travel reimbursement at the rate of 35 cents per mile. Anyone who can give as little as 2 hours per week to help with this important task is asked to call Yolanda Febles at the Southbridge nutrition site at (508) 764-6313. For more information about elder services call Tri-Valley's free help line at (800) 286-6640.
Fresh Air Fund Seeks Host Families
The Fresh Air Fund's Southbridge area volunteer leaders are currently seeking committee members
and host families for New York City children. Each summer more than 5000 children, ages 6-18
spend 2-week vacations with volunteer host families in suburban and small town communities. For
more information on joining the volunteer team call Karen Jansen at (508) 248-6481, or the Fresh
Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. You can also visit the Fund's web site at
The Southbridge Police Department will provide free firearm safety locks to local residents through a
partnership with Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program. Free gun locks
will be available at any time at the Police Department to any person who provides a valid pistol permit
or FID card. Up to three gun locks will be given to each resident
Membership Openings on the Disability Commission:
The Southbridge Commission on Disability is in need of 2 additional members. The Commission meets on the
third Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8:00pm, a minimum of 6 times a year. To qualify, you or a member of your
family must be disabled.
If interested, please send a letter of intent to: Christopher Clark, Town Manager, Southbridge Town Hall,
41 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA 01550.
What's Happening @ The Senior Center
Click here to see What's Happening @ The Senior
Center! If you're over 60, be sure to take the Senior Travel Interest Survey while you're there.
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